Principles and Standards for Law Placement and Recruitment Activities (effective February 23, 2018)INTRODUCTION The National Association for Law Placement (NALP) was organized in 1971 to promote the exchange of information and cooperation between law schools and employers.
Timely exchange of accurate information is essential.Recruitment activities should be scheduled so as to minimize interference with students' academic work.Underlying these guidelines for ethical behavior is NALP's fundamental commitment to helping to make the legal profession accessible to all individuals on a non-discriminatory basis, free of harassment.NALP is strongly opposed to discrimination which is based upon sex, actual or perceived gender, age, race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, parental, marital, domestic partner, civil union, military, or veteran status, or the prejudice of clients related to such matters.In addition to abiding by these guidelines, all parties concerned with placement and hiring should observe strictly all relevant laws, accreditation standards and institutional policies.A law school may deny use of its career services facilities to students and employers who fail to adhere to these Principles and Standards. Law schools should make career planning services available to all students. Candidates should notify employers and their office of career services of their acceptance or rejection of employment offers by the earliest possible time, and no later than the time established by rule, custom, or agreement. Students should promptly report to the office of career services any misrepresentation, discrimination, harassment, including sexual harassment, or other inappropriate conduct by employers in the employment process. Students who engage in law-related employment should adhere to the same standards of conduct as lawyers.